If an item is not available in the library catalog, and you want to borrow it, you may place a hold (request it) via an interlibrary loan (ILL). ILL holds are available to students, staff, faculty, and PLS community cardholders who need specific resources which are available at other libraries (outside of the Peninsula Library System).
Once you have determined that an item is not in the library catalog, you may place an ILL hold by contacting or going to any of the PLS libraries. At the College of San Mateo Library, there are no ILL service charges for SMCCD students, faculty and staff (presentation of a current college ID may be required). Other PLS cardholders will be charged the ILL fee as established at their home PLS library. Any fees charged by the lending library - postage, insurance, photocopy costs, ILL service fee - are the responsibility of the requesting user (including students, faculty and staff of the SMCCD) and must be paid in full before using the borrowed material. All library borrowers are fully responsible for any costs assessed by the lending library in connection with lost or damaged materials.
Online Request Forms
Once the item which you've placed on hold becomes available, you will be contacted by the library to let you know that the item is ready for pickup. In order to check out a held item, you need to come to the library and check it out using the library card with which the hold was placed.